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Rivalry & Feud

Volume XI, Number 4 | fall 2018

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The eponymous temptress of Dolly Parton’s 1973 hit “Jolene” was based, according to the country singer, on a bank teller who flirted with her husband, Carl Dean. “Every time I look at him sleeping over there in his La-Z-Boy, snoring, that hair turning gray at the temples,” Parton said in a 2014 interview, “I wonder if Jolene is still around. I’ll call her up and say, ‘You come and get him now!’ ”

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?

—Jane Austen, 1813

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